September 17th, 2012, 04:53 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2011 Posts: 140 Thanks: 0  Brain works?
Ok I have a question after observing some groups of people in my grade. People who are good in maths really suck at physics and chemistry now when I mean suck not necessarily "like 50% and below" but around like 80% but nowhere near their maths scores. I am wondering why this is the case, it's really peculiar hmm... Any thoughts? 
September 17th, 2012, 08:23 AM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Oct 2008 From: London, Ontario, Canada  The Forest City Posts: 7,859 Thanks: 1080 Math Focus: Elementary mathematics and beyond  Re: Brain works?
A different intuitive framework maybe . . . just a guess.

September 17th, 2012, 08:35 AM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,204 Thanks: 511 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: Brain works?
I would say maybe it's more a function of interest than ability.

September 17th, 2012, 03:20 PM  #4 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: Brain works?
I've seen the opposite: those good at math are usually good at the sciences as well, and no one good at science is bad at math (though they may not be great).

October 17th, 2012, 08:00 PM  #5 
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The keen mathematicians like to be precise, which may slow them down when carrying out experiments.

October 18th, 2012, 01:48 AM  #6 
Math Team Joined: Jul 2011 From: North America, 42nd parallel Posts: 3,372 Thanks: 233  Re: Brain works?
Chemistry and mathematics i don't know about how 'connected' they are. As for physics and mathematics, you get the best minds in humanity when they are great at both. Archimedes, Heron, Ptolemy, Kepler, Newton, Huygens, Gauss, LaPlace, Hamilton, Maxwell, Planck, Einstein. Everyone, please add to the list because i'm sure i left out many names. 
October 18th, 2012, 01:51 AM  #7 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,204 Thanks: 511 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: Brain works?
Witten. 
October 18th, 2012, 01:59 AM  #8 
Math Team Joined: Jul 2011 From: North America, 42nd parallel Posts: 3,372 Thanks: 233  Re: Brain works?
Yes, Ed witten who many believe has the best chance of finding a GUT and is doing work in string theory, if i'm not mistaken. Me? I'm more interested in string cheese for my gut. 
October 18th, 2012, 05:49 AM  #9 
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Einstein 
October 19th, 2012, 02:02 PM  #10  
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Your aparent logic may not be logic; just think at the numerous things in math that goes against our intuition!!!!  

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